Isle of Wight Ruritan Club awards scholarships – Smithfield Times
The Isle of Wight Ruritan Club recently announced three recipients of its annual scholarships. Three $ 1,000 scholarships were awarded to three graduates of Smithfield High School, Isle of Wight Academy and Windsor High School.
The scholarship program has been developed to cover the cost of studies. The program is based on the principle of giving back to the community and, as such, is awarded to those individuals who most demonstrate a willingness to get involved in the community.
The prizes were funded by Ruritan service projects such as its famous Brunswick Stew in February and November each year, food sales at the Isle of Wight County Fair food stand and several food drives. takeaways conducted during the pandemic. Funds raised are intended to support the Isle of Wight community in the form of scholarships, donations to local police, volunteer fire and rescue services and help to neighbors in need.
A strong pool of applicants applied to all three high schools and home schools in the area. The 2021 scholarship winners are:
Isle of Wight Academy
Molly Elizabeth Johnson of Smithfield intends to pursue a degree in health sciences and a doctorate in occupational therapy. She is president of the National Honor Society, vice-president of the National Spanish Honor Society and a member of the Key Club. She is the co-captain of the varsity cross-country team, a lifeguard and swim instructor at the YMCA, and a gymnastics coach. Her community service includes the Jeremiah Project Youth Mission Team, the Navajo Nation Mission Team, the Appalachian Service Project, and the Sunday School Teacher’s Assistant. As a college student, she hopes to continue her missionary work and participate in campus organizations such as Young Life and Habitat for Humanity.
Smithfield High School
Daniel Luke Scrivanich of Smithfield plans to major in finance with a minor in accounting and also has a strong interest in entrepreneurship. Its sports and extracurricular activities include college football, the Smithfield High DECA team, and YMCA lifesaving. He is active in Boy Scouts of America and has worked his way up to Eagle Scout, with service projects such as Stop Hunger Now and the Isle of Wight County Animal Shelter. He plans to continue his service during his university studies by organizing garbage cleaning events, helping animals and creating / promoting a new way to reduce ocean pollution especially plastics.
Windsor High School
Chase Parke Porter of Windsor plans to major in engineering. He is active in school, church, and community through Eagle Scouting, Boys State 2020, College Football, Elevate Church Vacation Bible School, and the Beta Club. He also helped his brother and the Carrsville Ruritan Club renovate their kitchen shelter. He plans to continue helping others in need and join the Carrsville Ruritan Club.
The Isle of Wight Ruritan Club was founded in October 1948 and is a civic service organization focused on fellowship, goodwill, and community service. It meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Isle of Wight Ruritan Club across from the courthouse on Courthouse Highway.